Forum Spam

Discussion in 'Indie Related Chat' started by Stropp, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Stropp

    Stropp New Member

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    There's been quite a bit of forum spam lately, including a fairly major attack on the indie business forum going on at the moment. Looks like that is been done by a bot.

    Is there anything that can be done about this?

    I thought, from years ago, there was some moderation of new members being done. Is this not happening anymore?
     
  2. Shaz

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    I thought there was too - I thought all "first" posts were being checked, but there's no way these could be mistaken for legitimate posts. There have been a lot over the last few weeks.

    Are we without mods? Do we need some new people in admin to help get rid of the spammers?
     
  3. Artinum

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    I was intending to report the spammers, but found no means to do so. I'm not sure I've encountered any moderators here in a long time.
     
  4. Desktop Gaming

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    You can report spam by clicking the "!" icon at the lower-left corner of each post (below the user name etc).

    I've stopped wasting my time though as nobody ever seems to do anything about it any more.
     
  5. rioka

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    There were a bunch of them the past week I've been reporting and they get deleted eventually. I think they should get banned automatically from the get go but I wonder if the mods have that ability here? There's moderators and then there's super moderators who can ban.


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    Wow! 4 pages of spam. And it all from the same person.

    On another note, you should make it so there isn't a time limit of how fast you can report spam. I had to wait 1 minute of time before I can report another spam post and it's a bother. ...Especially in cases like this. :\
     
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  6. Desktop Gaming

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    You said a mouthful. When I find more than one and go to report it, it comes up saying I have to wait before I can do it again. Like I've nowt else to do but sit there waiting!
     
  7. Jim Buck

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    Do the spammers also have to wait 1 minute before posting each of their successive spam postings? :)
     
  8. Desktop Gaming

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    That LightImageResizer one has been here ages now and still nobody's bothered to ban it - it's still posting right now. It doesn't make the forum look good when newcomers arrive and the place is full of that crap.
     
  9. SLotman

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    This is really bad. It's getting hard to actually find the real posts amongst so many spam messages. It also won't help with google rank :(

    This spammer should be banned, ASAP.
     
  10. Applewood

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    If only the ignore button actually ignored people.
     
  11. CasualInsider

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    RIP indiegamer forum.
     
  12. Desktop Gaming

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    Not sure I'd go as far as that but it certainly feels as if the weeds are being left to grow a little too tall lately...
     
  13. Mike Boeh

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    I just got the first email about spam this morning. Where is it?
     
  14. Gary Preston

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    Open the indie business forum, I doubt you'll need any additional help finding it ;)
     
  15. rioka

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    There's also one in the Dev & Distribution section under AnythingIndie thread.
     
  16. zoombapup

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    I think I killed it all now. Doesn't show for me anyway. Not that I'm meant to be moderating here anymore. But I guess I've picked over the bones of the mod system a bit more than others.

    Basically the problem is that once over a certain number of posts, the admin frontend on the site gets harder (you have to then login as a mod and vb doesn't have any clear way of deleting banned user posts etc). Basically this bot caused a perfect storm of spam crap to happen at once.

    Seriously, you should see the amount of spam this site gets, its staggering. I wonder if there's a global list of favourite spam attacks that indiegamer is at the top of.
     

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